History of the V.M.S.A.

The Victorian Men’s Shed Association first came together as a group of representatives looking to promote the benefits of Men’s Sheds, and to provide a forum for existing and new sheds to share and exchange idea’s on setup and operation.

The Victorian Men’s Shed Association Inc was officially incorporated in September 2007, by Consumers Affairs in Victoria.

Operating as a not-for-profit incorporated association the VMSA is recognised by Government as the Peak Body representing Men’s Sheds in Victoria.

Our Vision

For all Victorian men to be happy and healthy contributors within their local community

Our Mission

To provide a forum for Victorian sheds to network, exchange idea’s, share experiences and promote good health and wellbeing

Our Role

The role of the VMSA is the Peak Body for Men’s Sheds in Victoria and promotes the profile of sheds and “shedding” within the Victorian community, and represents and advocates for the interests of Victorian sheds to government, business and community organisations. We also provide practical advice, assistance, support and guidance for Victorian Men’s Sheds.

The VMSA has advocated on behalf of our members with the Victorian Government and this has seen the establishment of the “Strengthening Men’s Sheds Program”. This program provides $1,000,000 (Million) per annum, to assist with the building of new sheds, or the refurbishment of existing buildings to suit a men’s shed, and cover some operational costs for the VMSA.

This important funding is still continuing today, with the latest round allowed for a maximum grant availability of $80,000.

Since the announcement of these grants, the Victorian Government has made in excess of $10 Million dollars granted to Men’s sheds in Victoria with 429 sheds across the state receiving grants since 2015.

The VMSA has forged partnerships with Ozito Industries and other supliers from time to time that allows for the distribution of superseded, demo and refurbished tools and equipment to sheds.

The VMSA has also assisted many other organisations to distribute tools, equipment and materials to our member sheds.